I'm a prot pala, tanking HC SoO, and I'm going ret next reset in order to try out a new tank. But that doesn't matter... What I want to know, is how you prioritize stats as a ret pala. I know it's haste before everything else, but after that it gets unclear. Is it mastery then crit, or other way around? And when do you stop gemming/reforging haste? I realise that mastery is superior in AoE, and that might make it a bit better than crit this tier.
The top palas go for around 40% haste, then 15% crit and then around 55% mastery. How come? Why so much crit, and not just more mastery? Is there a breakpoint at each stat?
Yo. It depends on your trinkets and if you have 4 set or not, but generally Haste to 40% > Mastery > Critical is a good guideline to follow. Linking your armory would make this alot easier to decide though ^^
Reason why top paladins are around those numbers is most likely because being best in slot (or close to best in slot) gives that amount of each stat, even after reforging.
I'm reforged to 50% soft cap on mastery now. Just comparing simulations of different (short) lengths, it seemed like crit was doing much better during heavy burst phases. I gave it a try, and I'm enjoying the results.
Mastery and Crit have a interesting relationship on single target scenarios. Basically going full mastery over crit or full crit over mastery isn't the right answer, there's a point ( that's varies heavily on your own gear ) where crit and mastery basically equalize each other's value. Finding these exact point is quite the hassle and most of the time is not even worth it ( the difference in a real case scenario is oh so marginal ) .
So why do we prefer mastery? Because it's more flexible. Mastery trumps crit on ALL cleave scenarios by quite a margin and is basically almost equal to crit on single target. So unless you're stuck on a single target boss fight because of the <1% dps difference an optimal single target reforge would provide , just go mastery after finding the haste sweet spot you prefer ( It's AROUND 40% haste not exactly 40% haste, it depends on your ping and generally how fast you use up your gcds ).
I see a lot of ret paladins going for 44% haste, even 49% sometimes. And that is with maybe only 33% mastery and 22% crit. I understand what every stat does, and how good it is in individual cases, but how come there is so much variety between the stats of HC raiding rets, when they all agree on the same stat breakpoints? 40% haste, then mastery, then crit. Do they just change from mastery to crit when there's a heavy singletarget boss they need to focus down? That I could understand, but the almost 50% haste with Thok trinket, is something I quite don't understand.